Love the South Pennines is supported by a range of businesses across the area. These people are our South Pennines Champions! Here are a few snippets of information about them, but why not call in to their shop or business or browse their website and discover more for yourself?
Sue Nixon, Mountain Wild
About Sue: Sue has lived in the South Pennines for over 15 years and spends her spare time exploring “the playground on the doorstep” on foot and by mountain bike, so she really does have first hand knowledge of the right gear for each outdoor occasion! Sue also skis and plays tennis and is looking forward to an expedition to Nepal later this year.
About Mountain Wild: Mountain Wild has had a home in Hebden Bridge for 7 years. The shop offers a large range of outdoor clothing and accessories, from premium ‘technical’ brands to items for the armchair explorer or post-walk pint. Sue and her staff are very knowledgeable about all their products and a friendly welcome will always await you.
Love the South Pennines products: Sue is donating 10p for every pair of Bridgedale socks she sells to the Love the South Pennines scheme. In addition, Mountain Wild is an outlet for our quirky ‘I’m a South Pennines Outdoor Type’ badges. These cost just £1 and all proceeds go to Love the South Pennines.
Sue says: “We’re supporting the Love the South Pennines scheme because we know that caring for the local environment is important to our customers. And as the small donations soon add up to more significant amounts, it’s really easy to make a difference.”
Mountain Wild is on Crown Street in the centre of Hebden Bridge and is open daily. You can call the shop on 01422 844500 or shop online at www.mountain-wild.com.
Kate Claughan, The Book Case
About Kate: Kate had worked in Hebden Bridge’s long-established independent book shop for several years before taking over the business with her brother Jake in 2011. The floods the following summer caused a lot of damage, but also provided an opportunity to refurbish the premises and make the Book Case her own. When she’s not reading or smiling behind the counter, Kate enjoys walking and climbing and generally enjoying the local countryside.
About The Book Case: Recently shortlisted for Regional Book Seller of the Year, the Book Case stocks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles, children’s books, beautiful stationery and unusual book-related gifts. There is a good selection of local history books and local authors are celebrated. The Book Case also hosts regular literary events including poetry nights and book signings.
Love the South Pennines products: Kate is making a contribution from each sale of the Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Ordnance Survey mugs, which are exclusive to the Book Case. The shop is also selling the South Pennines Birds-Eye View leaflet (£2) and the ‘I’m a South Pennines Creative Type’ badges (£1), all proceeds from which will go directly to the Love the South Pennines fund.
Kate says: “Here at the Book Case we recognise there is a link between our landscape and our local economy. Many businesses in the town rely on the visitors drawn here by our natural environment, so it makes sense to help look after it. Plus I’m a big fan of the twite and love the illustrations used to promote the South Pennines!”
The Book Case is at 29 Market Street, Hebden Bridge. Call 01422 845353 to enquire after or order a book, or visit www.bookcase.co.uk for more information.
Angela Smyth, artist
About Angela: Angela has long been known and loved for her beautiful, life-affirming and often humourous drawings and paintings, but no one could have predicted just how much her illustrated map of the South Pennines was going to capture the imagination of everyone who saw it. The South Pennines was commissioned by Pennine Prospects as part of its Local Distinctiveness project and residents and visitors alike continue to be delighted by the quirky illustrations and scribbled observations which show all that is special and different about the area. For Angela, the best endorsement came when South Pennines poet Simon Armitage allowed her to use lines from his Stanza Stone poems on the work.
Love the South Pennines products: Angela has recently produced a series of 5 notebooks featuring sections of the South Pennines map. They’re gorgeous! In addition, bespoke limited edition prints of The South Pennines are now available to order, either directly with Angela via www.angelasmyth.co.uk or from Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge. A donation from all sales will be made to the Love the South Pennines scheme.
Angela says: “The South Pennines map was a complete joy to work on and it makes perfect sense to use this portrayal of our special landscape to help look after our special landscape”
Dawn Mitchell & the staff at Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre
About Dawn: Dawn is Visitor Services Manager for Calderdale MBC and is based at the Visitor Centre in Hebden Bridge. She loves her job, but when she’s not at work, she enjoys walking and looking after her allotment.
About Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre: The Visitor Centre in Hebden Bridge is open all year round and is frequented by local residents as well as visitors from all over the UK and beyond. The centre is a hub of ‘local distinctiveness’ and is proud to stock local products including beer, biscuits, jewellery and other locally hand-crafted items alongside a good range of maps, guidebooks and postcards. There is an exhibition space available for local artists to hire and Angela Smyth’s map of The South Pennines is displayed in ceramic tiles on the outside wall.
Love the South Pennines products: Dawn is making a contribution from each sale of the South Pennines Ordnance Survey map. The centre is also selling the South Pennines Birds-Eye View leaflet (£2) and the South Pennines badges (£1) and poster versions of the South Pennines map (£6.60), all proceeds from which will go directly to the Love the South Pennines fund.
Dawn says: “The Visitor Centre is already benefitting greatly from being part of the Local Distinctiveness project so joining the Visitor Giving scheme was a no brainer. It is a really simple yet practical way to give something back to help this wonderful landscape we all call home.
Visitors are already coming into the Visitor Centre and asking us about the scheme which is a great way to start a conversation promoting the South Pennines` tourism offer. I would encourage any business to get involved, you decide which products and services you include, it couldn`t be any easier.”
Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre is situated at Butler’s Wharf, Hebden Bridge and is open daily 10am – 5pm. Call 01422 843831 or pop in next time you’re in town.
Paul Monckton, Blow Hair Studio
About Paul: from cruise ship salons to running his own studio, Paul has been styling hair for over 20 years. When he’s not at work, he’s out on his bike and recently cycled from London to Paris, raising over £1500 for charity. His clients will tell you that, along with bikes, he has an impressive collection of brogues!
About Blow: Paul aims to make his customers feel important and special, tailoring each client’s hair to suit their individual lifestyle. He offers advice on maintaining styles between appointments, together with a wide range of Paul Mitchell products to create the salon look at home.
Love the South Pennines product: There’s nothing worse than getting your hair done and having to step out into the rain. But, in return for a donation to Love the South Pennines, Paul will lend you a limited edition Blow umbrella!
Paul says: ‘Taking part in the Love the South Pennines scheme is a really straightforward way to help look after the area I live, work and cycle in. And my clients are happy to support it too.’
Blow is situated next to the marina in Hebden Bridge and is open Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments are also available on a Tuesday evening (wine optional!). Call 01422 844777 or visit www.blow-hairstudio.co.uk to make an appointment.